April was a month filled with all kinds of different ministry activities. I am going to list a few highlights of the month.
- We had our church-wide birthday party celebrating the birthdays of January – April. It was a great time of celebration, learning about how God forms us even inside of our mother’s womb, and the piñata as always was a blast.
- Estefany aqquepucho graduated with her undergraduate degree in Administration. She was one of my very first friends in the orphanage. She is Elar and Max’s sister. I am so proud of her; she worked her way through college by herself and is the first one in her family to graduate with a college degree. I was also able to spend a lot of time with her mom, who I officially met for the first time after all of these years of knowing and loving her kids. Max, Elar, and I spent a couple of hours sharing the gospel with her. Please pray for Susanna as she doesn’t understand the gospel, that the Holy Spirit would reveal Jesus to her.
- One of my favorite parts of the month was taking Jhon, Marta’s son, to Arequipa to start drug rehab. Marta had been pleading with me for years to get help for her son. A few years ago, CrossPointe community church gave money so that Jhon could go to rehab. It took him several years to finally get his ID card from problems in his paperwork that hadn’t been fixed from when he was born. He was so excited to get his ID card and was ready to go. He took his first plane ride with me and off we went to the mountains of Arequipa. He will be in a Baptist rehab center for a total of 9 months. It is a great place; the director and his family were amazing, the other staff members were so encouraging, and God’s creation is SO beautiful in this area. I am so excited to see what God will do in the life of Jhon with his addiction recovery but more importantly what He will learn about Jesus. I have hope that he will put his faith in Jesus during his time there.
- Baby Liam, whom many have been praying for, because he was 22% burned is out of the hospital! It is a miracle that ONLY the Lord could do. He is now walking, playing, has a smile on his face, and is SO much better. He still has a long road ahead of him with all kinds of therapy. Please pray for his continued recovery and that his parents will stay on his track with all of his many appointments as they are busy raising 3 other kids. Please pray for God’s provision for this family and wisdom for Liam’s parents.
- I got to spend a weekend with my “Peruvian kids,” and we went to celebrate my other Peruvian son, Max’s, birthday. We ate pizza and watched a movie together. Then my kids helped me clean the ministry center and helped/ attended our Bible studies. I just love hanging out with my “Peruvian family.”
- School started in March, and many of our church families still did not have school supplies even though it was April. Thanks to our regular donors we were able to buy them the essential supplies/ uniforms that they needed.
- It has been so encouraging watching our neighborhood Bible study grow with more youth boys. After our youth retreat, several teenage boys who didn’t come before have started coming and even participate in all of our goofy games. Other young adults that normally play soccer on the court have also started coming too. I am excited to see God moving in these teenagers. Please continue to pray for them.